Retired Businessman, Diplomat Dead at Age 70
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Garland Farmer, a retired businessman, diplomat and press secretary to a Texas governor, has died of pulmonary disease. He was 70.
Farmer, a native of Henderson, Texas, died at the Stanford Medical Center on Wednesday.
He graduated from the University of Texas in 1942 and went to work for the State Department. His first assignment was with the United Nations Organizing Conference in San Francisco; he subsequently went to Senegal as vice consul, to Paris with the U.S. Information Service, and to Washington on the department’s Liberian desk.
In 1952, after leaving the State Department, he became director of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
He spent a year as press secretary to Texas Gov. Allan Shivers in 1955, then returned to California where he was assistant director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for two years.
In 1958, Farmer set up Associated Mine Services, a New York-based company that mined iron ore in Liberia. While running that company, he and his family lived in the New York City suburb of Larchmont.
Farmer returned to California in 1964 to become director of CAEMI International, a Brazilian corporation that had bought out his company. He retired in 1985.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Colvin Farmer; a daughter, Kathleen Farmer Kubiak of Belmont, Calif; a son, G. Lang Farmer of Boulder, Colo.; and a brother, Gene Farmer of Dallas.